Medical Marijuana

Senior Citizens Support Medical Marijuana Initiative in Florida


This November, Floridians will vote on a ballot initiative that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted this spring found strong support for the intiative, including, amazingly enough, among Florida's senior citizens. A whopping 84% of voters over 65 support Amendment 2.

Earlier this year Reason TV took a look at how seniors in Oakland, California, are benefiting from medical marijuana in a program called "How Medical Pot Is Helping Seniors Get Off (Prescription) Drugs."

Original release date was February 18, 2014. The original writeup is below.

"Talk to almost anybody over 65-years-old and there's a list of medications that they're taking. And very often, the side-effects from those medications are worse than the symptoms they're supposedly treating," says Steve DeAngelo of the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has a monopoly on the legal supply of marijuana for research purposes. Because NIDA is more focused on studying marijuana abuse than its potential benefits, researchers in the U.S. have had difficulty getting their hands on marijuana to use in their studies. One notable exception is a research project initiated by the University of California in 2000. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research has found that cannabis may offer benefits to people suffering from pain as a result of nerve damage, HIV, strokes, and other conditions.

The mounting evidence that cannabis has medicinal value is becoming increasingly difficult to deny. For example, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, was a medical cannabis skeptic when he wrote a 2009 TIME magazine article called "Why I Would Vote No on Pot." After digging deeper into research conducted in other countries, Gupta changed his mind, saying, "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my role in that."

At the Harborside Health Center, Steve DeAngelo and his team are well aware that cannabis is an effective treatment for a wide range of health problems, including many of the ailments that afflict the elderly. The problem, however, is that seniors tend to be uninformed or misinformed about cannabis. So a few years ago, DeAngelo hired Sue Taylor, a retired Catholic school principal, to reach out to seniors in the Oakland area. As Taylor puts it, "I am here to remove the stigma of medical cannabis."

Approximately 5:45 minutes.

Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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  1. So this cat, he’s got like that Charlie Chaplin / Willie Nelson look going that’s all the rage these days.

    I can see why the seniors would support this. I mean, you’re old, ok, you don’t have nothing much useful to do and you probably have some medical conditions. So you get you some medical weed to help alleviate the boredom. And health concerns from weed? Meh, you’re old and you’re going to die soon anyway, so fuck it. I mean unless we get government under control and let technology reign, we’re probably none of going to see much more than 80 years. So about 15 years best of unrestrained fuck it all retirement hedonism before we die.

    But sadly, I can’t see this going well. It’s Florida. I think we’re going to see a lot of old hipsters getting their heads smashed by cops for having pot in their cars that the officer wasn’t sure was legal or not.

  2. A whopping 84% of voters over 65 support Amendment 2.

    Well, to be fair, most of those geezers thought it meant RKBA.

    Seriously, that’s incredible.

  3. I suppose at some point the old people of the world will consist of people who are actually comfortable with drugs, and all of this bullshit will go away once and for all.

    Or the rapture. Both of those seem equally plausible.

    1. the old people of the world will consist of people who are actually comfortable with drugs, and all of this bullshit will go away

      “United Nations Outlaws ‘Spinning To Dizziness'”

      1. “Film at eleven.”

      2. That sounds totally enforceable.

      3. It really doesn’t matter anymore what the serfs want, it’s only what their betters think is best for them.

        I was listening to NPR this morning.. yeah, I know, it’s a terrible bad habit and can cause brain damage, but I was stuck on I95 in a torrential downpour, it was dark and driving conditions were shit.

        So anyway, there was this gay marriage guy fighting with an anti-gay marriage guy and while in general I agreed with gay marriage guy, his shrill screeching was extremely annoying. At one point he declared that his opponent just chose to ignore all the evidence and testimonials on the subject by people who were among the ELITE. THE FUCKING ELITE, DO YOU HEAR ME, TOP.FUCKING.MEN!

        1. “I only listen to NPR for the music.”

          1. I only listen to NPR when I want to crush my optimism.

  4. I think it is adorable how the New Libertarianism basically consists of luring in demographics with weed that have literally no interest in reducing the size of government. It’s almost like libertarianism is the path of least resistance as a politcal mocement. “Hey guys we can count on about 2 percent vote, are movement isn’t very popular with the affluent, and we are way to cool to knock on doors or even make phone bank calls so what do you say we just piggy back of the leftist culture wars apparatus and act like gay marriage was a libertarian idea.”

    1. I think it’s adorable how you constantly think you’re making incisive points despite the fact that you apparently never learned how to spell or write in complete sentences.

      Regarding that last sentence: Commas are your friends and should be inserted where appropriate.

      1. Nerve struck. I’m delighted.

        1. have literally no interest in reducing the size of government.

          It’s okay; the bond markets will do it for them eventually. Libertarianism is the easy, fun, adult way to deal with reality, fiscal trade-offs.

          Haysom, how’s everything going with your auto-fellatio research?

    2. So who’s paying for that forearm sticking out of your backside? Direct FED dollars or DNC money? Or do you sit in the same drawer as Tulpa?

    3. Running into the room and yelling “You are all poopyheads!” seems to be the new trolling around here.

      1. It’s pretty much all the trolls and sockpuppets have left; they’ve driven every other angle into the ground with their stupidity and repetitiousness. We need quality trolls again, like LoneWacko or Underzog. You know: unintentionally funny, because those are the best trolls.

      2. Troll Hunting!… It’s Fantastic!

    4. If as you say, we can only get 2 percent of the vote and the movement isn’t very popular with the affluent, then why are you suggesting us to knock on doors or make phone bank calls?

      And no, voting is not a solution either.

      1. I’m saying unlike evangelicals who are loyal and hard working, many hard core libertarians are egotistical and peevish. As such they have little value to any political party as a source of volunteers and their a few libertarians other than the Kochs that can bankroll campaigns. There are two ways to punch above your weight in a politcal coalition elbow grease (evangelicals) and money (Sheldon Anderson). Also there is a niche for high IQ, high verbal acuity groups like the neocons. The libertarians provide none of this.

        1. Look up the free state project sometime for an alternative approach (assuming you’re not just trolling).

    5. Go back under your bridge.

  5. “How Medical Pot Is Helping Seniors Get Off (Prescription) Drugs.”

    You mean other prescription drugs, right?

    1. Ah, beaten to it.

  6. Well, if old people are for it in FL, it’s a done deal.

  7. I’m in Florida right now. I’m seeing the campaigns for ‘United for Care’ and ‘No on 2’ at the ground level. I must tell you that what I see does not make me optimistic. At all.

    Also, is that Quinnipiac polling from spring? That is beyond stale.

  8. Maybe many of the early Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put 1 in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to our “Great Experiment” of the 1920s, the prohibition of various other drugs has once again spawned rampant off-the-scale criminality, corruption, a bust economy, mass unemployment, a mind-boggling incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan, and an even higher rate of drug-use (both legal & illegal) than in all other countries that have far more sensible policies.

  9. Roll that beautigful bean footage.

  10. my co-worker’s mother makes $71 /hr on the laptop . She has been unemployed for 9 months but last month her payment was $17334 just working on the laptop for a few hours. published here

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